Thursday, 13 December, 2018

SpaceX Pushes Back Starlink Satellite Launch To Feb. 21 For Further Testing

| 21 February, 2018, 09:55

The manned mission planned for the end of 2018 will be the first time that astronauts have been launched into space on a commercially built rocket, and will be a major milestone for the United States of America, who have not launched astronauts into orbit since the Space Shuttle flew for the last time 7 years ago, and have bought flights for it's astronauts on the Russian Soyuz rockets ever since.

After the rocket's nine Merlin 1D engines pass an automated health check, the Falcon 9 is released from Space Launch Complex 4-East at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.The Falcon 9 rocket reaches Max Q, the point of maximum aerodynamic pressure.

What's In The Falcon 9 Payload?

If the huge net successfully catches the SpaceX gear, it could save the company about $5 million per launch, according to Space.com, a Live Science sister site.

The PAZ satellite is a state-of-the-art advanced radar instrument created to snap high resolution images of Earth day and night.

The Merlin 1D vacuum engine turns off after placing the Paz satellite into its planned 317-mile-high (511-kilometer) polar orbit. Now, the company wants to try and recycle a fairing.


It was at KSC's historic Launch Pad 39A that SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy rocket and its unique payload: a Tesla Roadster (owned by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk) and a spacesuit-clad mannequin dubbed Starman.

The fairing is basically the top part of the rocket that protects the payload underneath during launch. During the launch, Musk informed that it is quite hard to develop a flawless method to recovery the fairing but within six months the company will come out with a solution.

'It's like a giant catcher's mitt, in boat form.I think it might be able to do the same thing with Dragon, ' he added. The test mission was an incredible success.

The next SpaceX Falcon 9 mission is scheduled for Wednesday (Feb. 21).

These 2 satellites in addition to Paz are called the Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b are set to be the first in Elon Musk's vision to transmit internet to Earth from space. SpaceX didn't publicly speak about the Starlink prototypes, although it revealed their presence on the Falcon 9 rockets in Federal Communications Commission filings. The initial satellites in the network are expected to come online next year.

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